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VINIFICATION and TASTING NOTES
DOMAINE ST MICHEL
FINE DU LANGUEDOC
2000


History:
For quite some time, I felt like producing an Eau-de-Vie (Brandy) - and this for two reasons:
The first one: how nice to enjoy a good brandy after a good meal, and the second: I was convinced that my old Carignan vines could be able to produce an interesting Eau de Vie.
The vintage 2000 seemed suitable to give it a try, and I entrusted Monsieur Galindo from Argeliers with the destillation.


Terroir:
commune of St Andre de Roquelongue, central Corbieres in the Languedoc
Fine chalky clay soil


Varietal:
Carignan blanc, hand-picked before maturity at 9.5° alcohol


Yield:
30 hl of white wine produced 800 litres of alcohol at 67°

Cellaring:
Pressing immediately after hand-picking, fermentation at low temperature and a complete lack of sulphur dioxide
Distillation:
Gentle heating in a Charentais still, double distillation and elimination of head and tails
Maturing:
Double maturing for 5 years in new casks, half of which are French oak and half American oak, followed by 3 years of old barrels from Chateau Yquem
Bottling by hand with no filtration, no treatment

Tasting notes:
100 % natural colour, coppery amber coloured with glints of gold
Rich nose, complex and faintly woody


At the table:
An exquisite moment to enjoy after a delicious dinner, or as a long drink on the rocks, goes also very well with roasted pineapple